Allen Lewis papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1873–1985

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

26 boxes (8+ feet) of material documenting the life and work of Allen Lewis, including biographical materials, correspondence, manuscripts, artwork, media, and secondary materials. The correspondence (1894–1960) is composed of letters sent to Lewis' mother while he was in Paris (1894–1902) and a small quantity of letters received asking for services. The manuscript material contains articles and lecture notes. The bulk of the collection consists of more than 1,300 prints and sketches for book illustrations and periodicals, along with a vast assortment of bookplates, as well as photographs and negatives used as sources for Lewis’s work. Examples of woodblocks, linoleum cuts, and engraving plates, along with the tools necessary for their production, accompany the collection. Secondary materials include articles, news-clippings, reviews, and other items relating to the work and career of Lewis. The collection contains copies of the books and periodicals Lewis illustrated.

Biographical Historical Note

Allen Lewis was an American printmaker, book and magazine illustrator, bookplate designer, and teacher.